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Open innovation: open for business and gaining momentum

jillian-moffatBy Jillian Moffat, Head of Open Innovation, Scottish Enterprise

What does ‘open innovation’ mean, exactly?

Henry Chesbrough, a professor at the Haas Business School, UC Berkeley, defines it as: “the use of purposive inflows and outflows of knowledge to accelerate internal innovation, and expand the markets for external use of innovation, respectively.” Continue reading

Ideas and inspiration from business collaborations

Ian at Scott's View


This month’s blog with an academic who has worked in partnership with business is by Dr Claire Seaman, Reader in Enterprise & Family Business at Queen Margaret University.

What inspired you to become an academic?

My masters research was collaborative, looking at the ways in which beef is produced and the impact of the production system on food quality – a debate that is still going on to this day, I might add! The research was collaborative between two universities and indeed farms run by families. Later, working with SMEs in the food industry, the family dimension became both important and very apparent and inspired both my research and knowledge exchange work with family businesses across Scotland. The idea that expertise from different academic disciplines and the business world could be combined to address real world challenges was something that interested me a great deal and prompted my decision to join a business school where multi-disciplinary activity is very much part of the regular job. Continue reading

Decluttering for a clearer picture


Siobhan JBy Siobhán Jordan, Director, Interface

Over the last few months, I embarked on a major decluttering of my home. What started as a simple “I need to paint the dining room” has in four months escalated to a complete makeover for each room with new paint on every wall and a decluttering of “stuff” that had lain dormant for many years. I can’t say that it was an easy process but now that it is completed the house has taken on a new persona – and easier to navigate! Continue reading

Carol-Ann flies the flag for I-N-T-E-R-F-A-C-E

Carol-Ann-Adams-webBy Carol-Ann, Business Engagement Executive at Interface

Just over a year ago, Carol-Ann Adams joined Interface as a Business Engagement Executive in the Highlands and Islands. Here she reflects on how the presentation she gave during her interview applies in her every day work, connecting businesses to the wealth of academic expertise across Scotland’s universities and research institutions… Continue reading

Dairy Blog – Wheying up Innovation in the Dairy Sector during These Difficult Times

dairy cows

When I agreed to write a blog on dairy a couple of months ago, I wouldn’t have forecasted seeing a picture of cows being led through a supermarket as a protest against the average UK Gate farm price decreasing by a quarter to 24.06 pence per litre over twelve months. However, this is the point where I bow out and say, for further details on the current situation and for informed commentary and opinions, go to the various news sites and representative bodies. Continue reading

Let’s encourage leaders to speak up for university-business relations

By Professor Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy, University College London & Strategic Advisor to the National Centre for Universities and Business

International comparisons show consistently that university-business relations in the UK are among the best in the world.   UK data shows universities earning more income than ever from interactions with business. Many global businesses now have strategic, long-term relationships with universities. Organisations working across the university and business communities: NCUB, Interface and Praxis-UNICO, for example, are bursting at the seams with success stories ranging from local SMEs to multi-nationals. Why do so many people still claim that the UK is great at research and no good at commercialising it?

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Inspiration at BioDundee


By Dr Richard Gregson, Intellectual Property Rights Manager, University of Dundee

“Healthcare: An Innovative Multi-disciplinary Approach.”  At first glance, the official tagline for the 2015 BioDundee conference seemed to be a variation on a well-trodden topic. Similarly, I thought the main conference themes: Precision Medicine, Big Data and Regenerative Medicine were merely revisiting familiar ground. Continue reading